Which of the following to do you most agree with?
It is a best practice for the Chief Information Officer to:
A) Be directly responsible for the enterprise’s information in all its forms
B) Be directly responsible for the enterprise’s information stored in electronic systems
C) Ensure that the enterprise’s information has business owners responsible for that information and that those owners are managing the information consistent with applicable company (and societal) principles, rules, and practices
D) Ensure that the enterprise’s information has business owners responsible for that information and that the information is available to them consistent with applicable company (and societal) principles, rules, and practices, with agreed upon objectives (Such as SLAs)
E) All of the above
F) None of the above
I posed this question to our Gartner IT Professionals Data Management Strategies team. They voted unanimously for C and D (combined). Like true analysts, though, they do have suggestions and changes (we’ll cover that in a later post or document).
The reason I did this was for a reality check, and to see if I am on the same wavelength as the team. I am! I agree! Of course, the devil is in the details…
But I questioned myself because a recent articles and documents I reviewed has “A” as the sacrosanct role of the CIO. And I did a double take.
I then proceeded to question my marriage, faith, role in society, who my parents were, and even whether I existed or not. I wondered whether I skipped that day at CIO school.
Then asked my compatriots. They brought me back from the brink, and for that I will always be eternally grateful.
This may, in fact, be the source of confusion in both business and IT that causes the “I” part of the responsibility to disappear…..Getting this (and possibly other CIO/IT department role definitions) down to a succinct, clear, supportable sound bite might be a real contribution to the profession.
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